AUBURN HILLS, MICH. Rip Hamilton will start for Wednesdays game against the Pistons, and the reaction in the Palace at Auburn Hills will be interesting.
Hamilton, a 13-year veteran, former All-Star and longtime Piston helped win a championship for Detroit in 2004 and is considered one of the franchises all-time greats.
Still, his past few seasons with the organization were tumultuous and some observers held him along with fellow veterans, such as current Atlanta Hawk Tracy McGrady and longtime teammates Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace, a former Bull responsible for a mutiny that eventually led to the ouster of former Pistons head coach John Kuester.
But Hamilton has fond memories of his time in Motown and is excited to return to the Palace, as he expressed to reporters after Tuesday nights Bulls dramatic comeback win over the Hawks in Chicago, of which he sat out due to a groin injury that has caused him to miss two consecutive games.
Ill have mixed emotions, he said. That team was special. The fans were excellent. Im going to enjoy it. I just dont know how Im going to act. When I get to the arena, Im sure it will be emotional.
Legendary high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore—the winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois history—died on Wednesday night at the age of 83.
St. Joseph won two state championships (1999, 2015) under Pingatore, while also capturing six sectional championships during a high point from 1982 to 1988. During his tenure, Pingatore helped produce three McDonald’s All-Americans and led the Chargers to nine state appearances.
On February 11, 2017, Pingatore collected his 1,000th win—his overall record was 1035-383—and is still to this day the only Illinois high school basketball coach with over 900 wins. The legendary coach also helped guide some of the state’s greatest talents along their way to stellar careers. Among Pingatore’s star pupils are Indiana Hoosiers great Daryl Thomas, 2010 John R. Wooden Award winner Evan Turner and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
He was also well known for his important role in the critically acclaimed “Hoop Dreams”, the 1994 documentary that followed high school athletes William Gates and Arthur Agee as they chased their dreams of being NBA players, while also dealing with the socio-economic difficulties of traveling from inner-city Chicago to Westchester, Illinois every day for school. According to the Sun-Times, Pingatore was coaching this past weekend at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.
In his 50 years of coaching at St. Joseph, Pingatore made an indelible mark on many lives and the St. Joseph community at-large.
The Cubs-Braves game on Wednesday got delayed due to a thunderstorm that blew through Chicago.
It made for a pretty scene with a pink and orange sky during sunset that made way to rain clouds, thunder and lightning. Fox Sports South captured the footage of the Wrigley sky and then caught Kris Bryant jumping and then running in the dugout at the sound of thunder.
Even former MVPs can be scared of thunder.
Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream